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Letters History of medicine

Understanding the history of medicine

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 12 April 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:762
  1. David Wootton, professor of history
  1. University of York, York YO10 5DD
  1. davidwootton{at}

    Ravichandran says that Andrew Cunningham, in his BBC Radio series The Making of Modern Medicine, tries to make sense of the past in its own terms.1 If we try to understand the past in its own terms we will never make sense of it.

    For example,2 …

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